http://io9.gizmodo.com/j-j-abrams-star-wars-will-include-gay-characters-get-1761676805 Why do audiences want to care about the characters' personal, private, bedroom lives? True, heteros flaunt it all the time with photos of themselves with their sex partners and/or offspring (the latter proving they shagged, so thanks for the visuals), baby showers, weddings, tabloid news articles of whom they are dating, and everything else and don't realize it so maybe that's why they want the dish. Or audiences think they'll get to bang the character in question (even if the actor's orientation is not the same because, yo, they're actors...) Apart from Han and Leia kissing (or Leia and Luke for that matter when the writers knew they were siblings, oops), flaunting sexuality wasn't the point of the Star Wars saga. Originally, it was unrequited love and Han pretty much admitted as such when frozen in carbonite (intended as a living death sentence and means for Harrison Ford to flee the franchise because he hated doing the thing, until he was encouraged to changed his mind...) Or maybe Lucas would have followed up with the accidental incest in his original Episode IX that was part of the original 12 part epic purportedly written in the 1970s?? (Or, more likely, he made it up as he went along. At least, before Abrams had, Lucas carbon copied the death star trope between movies and it was creatively bankrupt in 1983 as well... never mind the Ewoks were based on the cuddly and lovable Viet Cong, look it up...) But it was Lucas who also decided to make the original trilogy hinge less on action fare with plot intertwined, but more on a drippy hetero-centric love story with long and independent political speeches shoved in people's faces, all with honed dialogue and stellar actors that would make the three movies easier to watch-- oh, wait... at least Lucas got his politicizing of hetero visibility on screen first. The JJ haters for wanting to force gay and bi characters into peoples' faces is no more or less repulsive than what Lucas did in that aspect. Can't they find something else to gain audience interest than their bedroom lives? Okay, a couple holds his and her hands in the background and in another scene another couple holds his and his. There, that's all they really need to do. And it's called "subtlety" -- What's the excuse of modern day showrunners who would probably gain more fans by making any iconoclastic statements with subtlety, which is actually infinitely more powerful than just shoving the issue? Or letting audiences look at characters and decide for themselves if a character is more than what's shown on screen?